Chart Beat

Fred discusses Rihanna, Christmas songs, Disney albums and more!

DANCING IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT: Rihanna's latest dance single, "Shup Up and Drive" (SRP/Def Jam), shifts into first place on Hot Dance Club Play, giving the singer from Barbados her seventh chart-topper on this list. Rihanna now has a perfect record of seven out of seven No. 1 hits, stretching from her debut release, "Pon De Replay" in 2005, to her current song.

Rihanna is tied for second place with Janet Jackson and Madonna among artists with the longest strings of No. 1 hits on the Club Play chart. Jackson's streak began with a remix of "When I Think of You" in 1986 and ran through a remix of "Alright" in 1990, covering a period of three years, seven months and two weeks.

Madonna has two separate runs of consecutive seven No. 1 singles on the Club Play chart. From a remix of "Causing a Commotion" in 1987 to "Justify My Love" in 1991, Madonna took three years, two months and three weeks to line up her first run of seven No. 1s. Her second string began in 1999 with "Nothing Really Matters" and ended in 2001 with "Impressive Instant," taking two years, eight months and one week.

Rihanna's seven chart-toppers were assembled in record time -- just two years and two months. Her latest single, "Breakin' Dishes," enters the chart at No. 40 this week. Should it become Rihanna's eighth No. 1 in a row, it will catapult her into second place all by herself. She'll need two more No. 1 hits to surpass the record-holder. Kristine W's first nine chart entries all spent time in the penthouse. The run began with "Feel What You Want" in 1994 and ended with "The Wonder of It All" in 2005. Kristine W's seventh No. 1 was "Fly Again" in 2003, which means it took her nine years, four months and one week to collect her first seven chart-toppers.

Here is a summary of Rihanna's seven No. 1 hits:

"Pon De Replay," one week (2005)
"SOS," one week (2006)
"Unfaithful," one week (2006)
"We Ride," one week (2007)
"Umbrella," two weeks (2007)
"Don't Stop the Music," one week (2007)
"Shut Up and Drive," one week (2007)


CHRISTMAS STAR ON TOP: Josh Groban earns the second No. 1 album of his career on The Billboard 200, as his seasonal CD "Noel" (143/Reprise) climbs to the summit. Groban spent one week at No. 1 in January 2004 with "Closer."

"Noel" is the first Christmas album to top the album chart in 13 years. The last holiday occupant to lead the list was "Miracles – The Holiday Album" by Kenny G, which moved into first place this week in December 1994.

Groban's "Noel" is only the third Christmas album to reach the No. 1 spot in the last 37 years. "Holiday Sing Along With Mitch" by Mitch Miller and the Gang spent one week at the top in January 1962. Miller also had a two-week reign that began in December 1959 with "Christmas Sing-Along with Mitch."

The lead single from Groban's album, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," is the Hot Shot Debut on the Adult Contemporary chart, at No. 15. Also new on the AC chart this week: "Coming Home for Christmas" (SLG) by Jim Brickman featuring Richie McDonald at No. 19 and "Winter Wonderland" (Curb/Reprise) by Wynonna at No. 19.

Meanwhile, last week's two holiday entries take big jumps. Kimberley Locke's "Frosty the Snowman" (Curb/Reprise) sails 22-10 and Carrie Underwood's "Do You Hear What I Hear" (BNA/Arista) rockets 29-13.


FIRST CHRISTMAS: Holiday favorites are showing up on other charts besides the Adult Contemporary tally. On Hot Country Songs, three much-covered tunes appear, and despite being recorded by many different artists over the years, all three titles are on the chart for the first time.

Taylor Swift's take on the Wham! Hit "Last Christmas" (Big Machine) is the Hot Shot Debut at No. 48. Right below, Kellie Pickler's cover of Eartha Kitt's 1953 single "Santa Baby" (BNA) bows at No. 49. Carrie Underwood's version of "Do You Hear What I Hear" (BNA/Arista), popularized by Bing Crosby, opens at No. 53.

On the Hot 100, Chris Brown's cover of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" (Jive), the title song of a new movie, enters at No. 89.


JUST KOZ: A 6-1 jump puts Dave Koz in the lead on the Top Contemporary Jazz chart with his holiday-themed "Memories of a Winter's Night" (Capitol) album. That makes Koz the only artist to have two No. 1 albums on this tally in 2007. His "At the Movies" spent eight non-consecutive weeks on top, between March and August.

"Memories of a Winter's Night" is the third No. 1 album for Koz on this jazz chart. "A Smooth Jazz Christmas" held sway for five weeks, starting in December 2001.


'TIME' ON THEIR SIDE: After 16 consecutive weeks at No. 1, "What Time Is it" (Walt Disney) yielded the top spot on Hot Singles Sales to "Christmas Oh Christmas" by the Heartbeat Boys. That single was in charge for one week, and then the High School Musical 2 Cast returned to No. 1 with "What Time Is It."

That single remains on top this week, giving it an 18th frame at No. 1 and making it the longest-running No. 1 in the history of this chart. The previous record-holder was Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," No. 1 for 17 weeks in 1991.


A FIFTH OF DISNEY: Speaking of the Walt Disney label, with the debut of the "Enchanted" soundtrack at No. 5, the Burbank-based imprint has a lock on the top five slots on the Soundtracks album chart. This is the first time in this chart's history that one label has a monopoly on the top five.

Here's what the top five on Top Soundtracks looks like this week:

No. 1: "High School Musical 2"
No. 2: "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus"
No. 3: "High School Musical"
No. 4: "Hannah Montana"
No. 5: "Enchanted"

Note that the only motion picture soundtrack in the top five is "Enchanted." The highest-ranked non-Disney soundtrack is "Hairspray" (New Line) at No. 6.